Air India's first 787 set for Dubai route debut
Air India’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner, scheduled arrive in New Delhi on Saturday, is set to debut on its Dubai route, it has been reported.
The new aircraft will initially operate on flights to the UAE city before being deployed in flights to Europe, Indian media said.
The first of the 787s is flying from Boeing’s Charleston facility to Delhi via Frankfurt.
For the first 10 days, the plane will be on the ground as paperwork has to be completed.
It will ply on the Delhi-Bangalore and Delhi-Kolkata routes as per regulatory requirements and is then expected to fly the Delhi-Dubai route for a few weeks, reports said.
In November, Air India expects to launch flights to Paris or Frankfurt from Delhi with the new 787s, replacing the existing Boeing 777s, media added.
Air India is only the third airline to induct the 787 after ANA and Ethiopian.
Qatar Airways is set to be one of the first airlines to commercially fly the Dreamliner to the UK as the 787 prepares to make its long-haul debut between Doha and London Heathrow later this summer.